Report Reveals Gaps in Hospital Disaster Plans

Although nearly all surveyed U.S. hospitals had plans for responding to mass-casualty events such as earthquakes and chemical spills, gaps and omissions were common, a CDC analysis found. Many hospitals had no plans for certain types of disasters and the plans they did have frequently failed to address the particular needs of important subpopulations such as children, according to Dr. Richard W. Niska and Iris M. Shimizu, PhD, in a National Center for Health Statistics report. Niska and...Full Story
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